Colombo to Kumana National Park is an all island west to east crossing adventure, located in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka, bordering the northern side of Yala. The park was officially declared open on the 20th of January 1970.
It covers an extent of 18,200 hectares and it boasts vast open plains, a magnificent river, the ocean, caves, temples, paintings, carvings and many other sites. Not to mention the wildlife consisting of leopards, elephants, bears and birds amongst the thousands of flora and fauna species which converts this park into an intricate ecosystem. More diverse than any other park in Sri Lanka, your trip into Kumana will not only overwhelm you with the vast array of birdlife and wildlife, you will be stuck for time exploring these historical caves and archaeological sites.
Kumana National Park is home to hundreds of endemic birds and a variety of birdlife from afar, that soar above the Himalayas just to stop for a breather at Kumana and continue their migration across to Africa. Sri Lanka holds the highest density of Leopards per square kilometer and Kumana is the BEST place to see a leopard in privacy and in the raw. The Leopards of Kumana are a lot more elusive and a lot more inquisitive. They have not been disturbed by humans over the years because the reaches of this park are not easily accessible by mankind. Apart from these exotic creatures this park holds elephants by the hundreds, deer by the thousands and tree climbing bears snatching fruits. The park has many other species such as butterflies, monitors and an entire ecosystem following the Kumbuk River.
Kumana has stories of ancient cannibalism to prehistoric men whose paintings depict stories relating to other parts of the world.
Kumana is known to the ancient Sri Lankans as gods country and it is the site where the likes of buddhists monks, to gods from the Ramayanam (Hindu scriptures) received blessings for their life journeys. It's amazing to see sites unbelievable as it sounds. Kumana National Park protects all this and more. Oh and did we mention...Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was filmed here? We can add it to your itinerary if you wish...